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Concern as Benue herdsmen walk scot-free

16 March 2016, 21:48

Abuja - A local socio-political commentator has denounced government’s handling of the alleged killing of hundreds of Benue residents by Fulani herdsman.

Jude Ndukwe noted perpetrators of the tragic attacks had not been prosecuted but had been invited to a “roundtable peace talk” as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He raised concern innocent and defenceless resident including hapless women and helpless children had been massacred should have attracted a manhunt for the perpetrators and make them face justice for their crimes.

“But that would only be if the incident did not happen in Nigeria, because in Nigeria, after such pogrom against a people, the perpetrators are invited by the country’s chief police officer to a “roundtable peace talk” as ordered by the president,” said Ndukwe.

Also read: The hundreds of 'Fulani' militant-terrorist herdsmen are back

“The tragedy of the whole episode is that after the “peace talk”, the leader and his delegation walked away from that meeting without being arrested, interrogated and or prosecuted. No one, not even the IGP (Inspector General of Police) dared to ask them about the source of their weapons.”

Ndukwe expressed disbelief the Fulani herdsmen were not questioned about their weapons nor were the weapons seized.

“The IGP (Solomon Arase) allowed them to go home “and sin no more” with a pat on the back while they could continue keeping their weapons much enough to overrun a whole community and remain fully armed to the teeth.”

He expressed solidarity with the victims.

“Since the authorities have proved to be powerless in this matter, the least we owe those murdered in Agatu and other places is to continue to cry for justice on their behalf so that we are not caught in the web of inadvertent complicity in a crime committed by a felonious lot.”

More than 500 people across eight communities have reportedly been killed and over 10 000 displaced following herdsmen invasion of some communities in Agatu local government area.



- CAJ News


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